I wanted to celebrate his first year in three ways: finally finishing his room, making him a few presents, and giving him a very Judah-focused day. So here begins the 3 part series of Judah's birthday.
First off: Judah's Room
Judah's room had been in a state of clutter and unrest since we moved here back in October. Because we were living in a 1 bedroom apartment when he was born and planned on moving shortly afterward, I didn't get a chance to nest like I wanted to. I wanted to set up a beautiful nursery for my baby boy. I went through various theme ideas: jungle (to maximize the Lion of Judah connection), enchanted forest, Narnia (again, lots of lions), and It's a Small World. I talked to Jason about all the things I wanted to make to decorate Judah's room, but he didn't really understand the need for a theme. I answered, "Because that's what you do for nurseries." In the end, practicality and frugality won out, and I ended up using things I already had, making Judah's room very void of theme but a brighter, happier, and less cluttered place as a result.
But deciding on decorations wasn't really the problem. There were still unpacked boxes from our move, and a lack of storage furniture for his ever-growing collection of fun. But I was determined that it would be finished for his birthday. So I unpacked a few final boxes, shoved some others into closets, got Judah some storage furniture, and rearranged everything into a workable set-up. And this is the final product:
|The view from the door.|
|And the other corner.|
|Judah's big birthday present: a toy storage system complete with animal cubbies.|
|This lovely stained-glass quilt hangs above Judah's bookshelf. |
He loves pointing out all the colors.
|This beautiful quilt hangs above Judah's crib.|
My mom made it for me my freshman year of college.
|And here's the little man himself.|
Judah's room is a very happy place. Just about everything is Judah proof, and all the things he loves are within reach. So we actually spend a good amount of time in there now. I love that he finally has a space that is completely his. And Judah loves it, too!